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Is this normal to split up your productivity?

Asked by MrGV (4164points) April 5th, 2010

I am beginning to notice that when I become more productive in one area, my productivity in other areas decrease.
For example, if I started working out again; I begin to slack off on school assignments even if I try to resist it. Am I the only one that is like this?

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bob_'s avatar

I’d say it’s normal. There’s only so much you can do at once, so if you spend more time doing something, the rest of the things you do will suffer.

phillis's avatar

Most people aren’t productive across the board. As @bob_ mentioned, time spent on whatever has your focus at the moment could be a factor, and I would like to add an additional perspective.

This may or may not apply to you, so kindly disregard if it doesn’t. I have a hard time focusing on more than one thing at a given moment. I can’t get jack done if there are any distractions (the irony of that being that I have children). I can also become temporarily obssessed with something, and will lock onto it with decided voracity, until the task is completed. I display impulsive behavior, but I’ve learned to shift it enough that I can have a mostly average existence.

These things are not normal, which is why I said they may not apply to you. These have to do with ADD, coping mechanisms developed over time to compensate for ADD, among other things. But if you see yourself in anything I mentioned, you would likely benefit greatly by doing some research to identify the issue, then dealing with it according to whatever you discover.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

We have only so much energy and so much time in the day – yes, if I focus more on tango or yoga, I spend less time with kids and that matters so I always try to balance.

Janka's avatar

Of course it is normal. You only have so much energy and so much time, and you need time “slacking off” to be able to maintain energy over a course of days. If you focus on one thing, you do it more effectively, but others less so—that’s pretty much the definition of focus.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I can push myself to intensively multitask for a month or two at a time, but this is not “normal”. The price I pay for doing that is total collapse after the multiple goals are completed; then it becomes a major battle to do anything other than the bare necessities of living. This is not a healthy way of living, but sometimes we’re forced to do it. It’s probably healthier to concentrate on excellence in one area and settle for adequacy in all others.

nebule's avatar

No I am the same…
I struggle to juggle too
I will try to think about a solution!!!

Janka's avatar

@lynneblundell With all due respect, I think the solution is to just refuse to juggle. Do fewer things, do them better. Focus on one thing at a time, do it well, accept to be mediocre just scraping by in others meanwhile.

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